As always, Xiaomi has managed to produce an impressive smartphone through the Mi 4i which was officially launched in India at the global premier event. The handset is an upper mid-range option and is priced at just Rs 12999.
It’s clear from the name that the smartphone is a variant of the original Mi 4, but the company has done a lot of modifications to bring down the retail tag. The Xiaomi Mi 4i continues to offer great hardware, while the design is less premium as polycarbonate replaces the much-loved metal body. The phone basically looks like a smaller Mi Pad with attractive colors.
The move looks a lot similar to what Apple did a couple of years back. You could say that the new Xiaomi phone is to the Mi 4 what the iPhone 5C is to the 5S. The Chinese giant has retained the same 5-inch full HD display on this smartphone with slim bezels on the sides and Corning OGS glass for protection. But instead of a Snapdragon 801 processor, you get a slower octa core Snapdragon 615 chipset clocked at 1.7GHz.
The rear camera continues to be a 13MP shooter, while the front snapper is rated at 5MP. Xioami has also added great connectivity features as the Mi 4i comes with dual SIM 4G support, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1. Also, there’s a pretty large 3120mAh battery onboard.
Here’s a roundup of the main Xiaomi Mi 4i specs:
– Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ MIUI 6
– 5-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel FHD LCD
– 2GB RAM, 16GB non-expandable storage
– 1.7GHz octa core Snapdragon 615 SOC (64-bit)
– Dual SIM, HSPA+, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, LTE
– 5MP front camera, 13MP rear snapper
– 3120mAh battery
The Xiaomi Mi 4i smartphone is exclusive to Flipkart for now and will be sold through weekly flash sales. Registrations for the first sale have commenced and the phone will be made available on April 30.